The Mobile World Congress 2013 (MWC) Kicked off on Monday February 25th 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. It the show everyone’s been waiting for as it’s the Telecom Worlds showcase of the latest and greatest smartphone and Tablet product launches for the Telecoms Equipment Supplier World. An already, even before the official show gets underway, there’s been a few revelations, mainly from Samsung, Huawei and Mozilla.
Samsung has already announced the Galaxy Note 8, a 7″ Google Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean smackdown response to the Apple’s iPadMini. It’s packing the big guns with a 1.6GHz quad-core chip with 2GB of RAM. It also sports the usual gimmickry associated with Android Tablets such as an SD Card Slot a home button, and S-Pen stylus support. Not sure if this is just Samsung blowing off steam at Apple or if it’s a real produce, but it’s set to debut in the Second Quarter of 2013.
An even bigger surprise was that Samsung has also pushed up the schedule for Tizen OS, their replacement for Google Android as noted in Samsung’s Tizen OS launched to partake in Apple and Google’s App Economy. They’ve announced that handsets sporting the news OS are coming out in the Third Quarter of 2013. Samsung also did their a product launch for the Samsung Galaxy S4 on Thursday March 14th 2013 with the juicy specs reported by Kelroy’s article Samsung Introduces the GALAXY S4. Handsets are reportedly going on sales as early as July 2013, also in the Third Quarter of 2013.
Effectively, the Samsung Galaxy S4 may be the last time they use Google Android on a smartphone as stated in Samsung tweets launch date for Samsung Galaxy S4 Event even as they prep Tizen OS to replace Android. Samsung’sdefinately serious about replacing Google Android in a bid to make more money from the App Economy as noted in Samsung’s Tizen OS launched to partake in Apple and Google’s App Economyand the growing Mobile Computing Trend. These product launches suggested they’re getting serious about Tablet and smartphones.
Huawei, long the mobile Telecom foo-dog from China, has made a BIG splash with the Huawei Ascend P2, the Quad-Core follow up to their Ascend P1 smartphone. It’s packing some of the same HD Display technology spoken of in the article Kyoto University’s Water-powered Smartphone Batteries and SHARP’s IGZO power Efficient Screen for 2013.
Specs tell the tale of the tape better than I can:
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
- 4.7-inch Gorilla Glass Screen
- 8.6 millimeters thin
- 720p HD display
- 1,280×720-pixel resolution
- 315 ppi (Pixels per inch) density
- 1.5GHz quad-core processor
- 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera
- 16GB internal storage
- 1GB RAM
- 2,420mAh battery
The Huawei Ascent P2 is slated to make a grand entrance in the Second or Third Quarter of 2013 in the EU Zone retailing at EU399 euros US$525. Fans of all things Huawei can expect more from this fastest rising smartphone maker in terms of Global smartphone Sales in the Fourth Quarter of 2012, achieving a phenomenal 29% growth to become the World’s Third Biggest smartphone maker. Clearly Samsung means business as it intends to get serious the App Economy business with its own homebrew Tizen OS in Third Quarter of 2013. Possibly the Samsung Galaxy S4 may be its last Google Android smartphone.
Huawei, the surprise fast riser for Third place globally in Fourth Quarter of 2012, clearly has more room to grow as it scales and climb with its appropriately named Ascend P2 smartphone. Their Ascend P2 is slated for a Third Quarter of 2013 debut in the EU, where they’ve seen particularly strong growth and love for their line of smartphones. Huawei, valued at $32-billion business empire and employing some 140,000 employees with customers in over 140 countries has overtaken Ericsson to become the top Telecom equipment supplier.
Globally, this despite a lack of Open Culture and fears about their growing Dominance in Telecoms being a front for spying on Electronic Traffic, resulting in them facing opposition in India, Australia and US of A. But what of Ubuntu OS? Stay tuned to the Geezam blog for more details!
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